How to Maintain Your Self-Improvement Goals All Year Long (by Julie Morris)
You don’t have to wait for the New Year to pursue self-improvement goals. Studies show that people don’t really maintain their New Year’s resolutions anyway. Instead of setting—and forgetting—the same resolutions every year, look for ways to pursue your wellness and self-care goals all year round. Make a point of adopting habits and taking steps that drive you towards personal growth every day. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Find Exercises That Make You Feel Great
Maintaining a regular fitness routine is one of life’s great challenges. When it comes to exercise, willpower will only get you so far. If you keep forcing yourself to endure forms of exercise that you hate, you’ll always find yourself battling against your wavering willpower. Instead, look for exercise types that make you feel great! Pilates is a popular option. Pilates sessions feel fantastic on the mind and body and can be much more fun and engaging than repetitive workout routines. Interested? Check out Pilates with Scott for online group classes and personal training sessions!
Pursue Your Career Goals
If you’re not where you want to be in your career, start working towards bigger and better things. Pursuing your career goals is a great way to enrich your life with meaning. There are many ways to do this. Find a mentor, make a career change, or go back to school. Earning an advanced degree can open up new doors in your career and help you get closer to the role you really want. If you want to work in business, for example, enroll in an MBA program to develop your knowledge of business management, leadership, communication, and decision-making.
Create a Healthy Home
Most of us underestimate the impact that our homes have on our physical health and mental wellbeing. Your home should feel like a safe space where you can relax and unwind. It should inspire and motivate you. It should recharge your soul and encourage you to be your best self. If your home doesn’t elicit these effects, you may want to make some changes. Do some cleaning and decluttering, getting rid of anything that makes you feel negative. In the words of famous decluttering expert Marie Kondo, surround yourself with objects that spark joy!
Upgrade Your Personal Style
Do your clothes make you feel like the best version of yourself? Upgrading your wardrobe can inspire self-confidence! Thrive Global suggests upgrading your style by accessorizing, branching out to try new brands, and building a versatile wardrobe of clothing items you love and can easily mix and match.
Look for clothes that feel both comfortable and stylish. You can’t beat a silky tank top on a hot summer day or a cozy wool cardigan in the depths of winter. Be sure to invest in a few supportive bras that are easy to wear. If you don’t like the feeling of underwire digging into your skin, look for bra brands that offer wireless support.
Make Time for Hobbies
Hobbies offer several important mental health benefits. Engaging in enjoyable activities during leisure time has been found to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, indicating that hobbies can serve as a form of stress relief. Hobbies trigger our mental reward system, providing a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. When you work on a hobby, you’re stimulating your brain and forming new neural connections. This is part of the reason why hobbies can help you become more effective at work and school!
Seeking self-improvement every day is the best way to enrich your life with meaning. When you work towards your personal growth goals, you’ll feel an undeniable sense of fulfillment. Life is all about progress! Go back to school to pursue your career goals, make time for enjoyable hobbies, freshen up your home, and rebuild your personal style. You’ll achieve your goals before you know it!
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